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Dominant Debut: OU wins opener in rout

By John Helsley Modified: September 2, 2007 at 12:43 pm •  Published: September 2, 2007
NORMAN – Saturday delivered September and all that goes with it.

In Norman, for Sooner fans, it brought the promise of a fresh football season.

And a payoff: Oklahoma's opening 79-10 rout of North Texas, complete with dynamic debuts by a pair of redshirt freshmen, quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray.

On a glorious sun-streaked day at Memorial Stadium, the return of Saturday football pageantry and the unveiling of another statue honoring a Heisman Trophy hero – not the outcome – provided much of the drama.

For now, that seemed just fine for the crimson-clad crowd.

"I love OU football, so as soon as September comes, it's great,” said April Cunningham, a Norman resident fortunate enough to score a ticket Saturday. "I love it.”

There was much to love Saturday, including the climate, with the temperature 87 at kickoff. The attendance of 84,472, a 50th consecutive sellout, made for the largest crowd to see an opener at Memorial Stadium.

There were on-the-field issues, none bigger than the unknown of what Bradford would bring, especially with Miami due in Norman next.

"We have a freshman quarterback, so that's a little unnerving,” Cunningham said.

Another OU fan, Blanchard's Eric Powell, relied on inside information for a better feel for Bradford.

"I've got a good friend, lineman Brian Simmons, and I've kind of adopted him,” Powell said.

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